Social days bring Cape Clear together

August 5, 2022 BY

Mix and mingle: The first Cape Clear informal social day was held in mid-July, and included a visit from Member for Buninyong, Michaela Settle. Photo: SUPPLIED

REGULAR informal social afternoons are running at the Cape Clear Hall every second Thursday with an aim of nurturing connections and reducing isolation.

The fortnightly coffee days from 1pm to 4pm are for anybody who wants to come for a chat by the wood fire, and organiser Evelyn Cannon said attendees and their needs mould and shape the group.

“Our aim is to meet as much of the community through the day as possible. We have plenty of room, and there are ladies that are going to bring their spinning wheels along,” she said.

“My children love playing board games, they can play them on Thursdays with other children in the community, and this builds relationships between the next generation of locals within the Cape Clear area.

“We’re here to meet the social needs and the connection needs of people of all ages, and use the afternoons and the space in a way that’s going to benefit people most.”

Adults can enjoy a quieter period before 3pm, when the primary school dismisses students. Between 3pm and 4pm, young people are welcome to head to the hall to play with their friends before heading home.

“We don’t have any nearby cafes to take the kids for a snack after school, so in the future, we may put on some milkshakes and afternoon tea as well,” Ms Cannon said.

Her family made the decision to move to Cape Clear for the friendly and helpful social atmosphere the country offers.

“Meeting my neighbours has been an important part of my journey out here, and I’m looking forward to building those relationships,” she said.

The next social afternoon will be held on Thursday, 11 August. Head to the Cape Clear Community Facebook page for updates, or call 0405 411 132 with any questions.